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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Girls' basketball: Big 1st half gives Pirates 66-47 win over Bearcats

  • Boike scores 21
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  • A 19-1 run early in the first half gave the Pirate girls' basketball more than enough cushion to beat the Kittson County Central Bearcats 66-47 Thursday in Crookston. Pirate junior Sydney Boike led all scorers with 21 points.
    "We really came out with energy tonight," Pirate head coach Lon Boike said. "We got up and down the court a lot. We didn't run a whole lot of offense because we were in the fastbreak quite a bit."
    When the Pirates were able to set up their offense they hit outside shots, including three threes from Boike early in the first half. The Pirates lost their energy in the second half, though.
    "We executed pretty well tonight," coach Boike noted. "We have been doing a better job of that in practice. We are stronger and more confident than in the beginning of the season.
    "It's hard to play with a big lead like that," Boike went on to say about the second half. "We were passive in the second half. We need to keep improving defensively, keep hitting our easy buckets and stay out of foul trouble."
    Adding to Boike's 21 points were junior Danica Brekken with 14 and sophomore Elisa Samuelson with 13. Junior Kenzie Klatt finished the night with eight points, while sophomore Precious Adams added six.
    Britta Rynning led Kittson County Central with 13 points.
    The Bearcats jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the opening 20 seconds, but the Pirates responded in a big way with their 19-1 run, which included eight points from Samuelson and seven from Boike. Crookston led 19-5 with 13 minutes left after the key stretch.
    Kittson County Central brought it to within 11 before Crookston used a 16-0 stretch to go up 40-11 with seven minutes left. That run included five points from Boike and four from both Klatt and Adams.
    The Pirates built their largest lead of the night to 36 with about 13 minutes left in the second half.
    Crookston improves to 4-5 on the season. It will face Section 8AA rival Frazee Saturday at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn.
    "We try to get down there and play Frazee once a year," Boike explained. "They are coming off a big win in Barnesville. We'll have to shut a couple girls down. We'll need to play well to win that game."
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